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Frequently Asked Questions

Why not purchase on-line from Ebay or an unauthorized Kinkade Gallery? I'm sure I can get a deal!
Does Thomas Kinkade Limited Edition artwork really appreciate after they sell out?
What are your Shipping Policies?
What is the best lighting to use to capture the effects of Thomas Kinkade's artwork?
What is a Master Highlighter Event?
What is a Patrick Kinkade Event?
Who is Zac Kinkade?
What symbols can we find in Kinkade's art?
What charity work does Thomas Kinkade support?
Why does Thomas Kinkade release different Limited Editions?
What is a Standard Number Edition (S/N)?
What is an Artist Proof (A/P)?
What is a Gallery Proof (G/P)?
What is a Publisher Proof (P/P)?
What is a Renaissance Edition (RE)?
What is a Studio Proof (S/P)?
What is an Estate Edition (E/E)?
What is a Jewell Edition (J/E)?
What is a Master Edition (M/E)? *Available Please contact one of our galleries if interested in purchasing.
How can I purchase a Thomas Kinkade Original?

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Why not purchase on-line from Ebay or an unauthorized gallery? I'm sure I can get a deal!

The internet is definitely the place to find deals and since all authorized Thomas Kinkade Galleries are forbidden to sell Thom's limited edition art at a discount, it seems like buying online would be a good decision. However, you must do it the right way and use caution. We cannot express how many times we have had a customer come into the gallery asking for help with an online purchase of what they thought was a Thomas Kinkade piece only to find they were misinformed or duped altogether.

Here are examples you'll find often from listings placed on Ebay, Craigslist or other similar websites: The listings are frequently misrepresented, either intentionally or out of ignorance, and are often offered as 'signed' which in fact were not signed by Thomas Kinkade at all, but rather forged or signed by an autopen. Some listings offer works of art which are not even Thomas Kinkade's but claim to be 'original' and many were illegally created overseas and are forgeries. Since Thom's passing in 2012, forgeries have exploded in popularity. We've even found some authorized Thomas Kinkade galleries who sell damaged or faded artwork. We stand by our product which is why we have been in the business of selling Thom's artwork for over 25 years. We have one of the largestest selections of Thom's artwork available today, many sold out, rare and pices signed by Thom himself.

Other areas to use caution when purchasing on the web include the customer receiving a damaged, stolen, or fraudulent piece, a paper piece instead of a canvas, a piece without the Certificate of Authenticity, or not receiving the piece at all. We even had a customer order what they thought was a limited edition canvas, only to receive a paper edition which was glued to a foam core base, then sprayed with epoxy to look like a canvas. We currently have this piece in our gallery to show our walk-in customers why not to buy from an unauthorized Thomas Kinkade gallery.

Unfortunately, there are many scams online with much of it made overseas in China or Thailand where there are no copyright laws. These countries reproduce these images and usually sell them online, often distorting the truth, and state the item was authorized by the Thomas Kinkade Company. The fraud has really escalated since Thom's death. In fact, Thomas Kinkade is the number one selling artist in Thailand, South Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam. But did you know the Thomas Kinkade Company receives nothing from those sales since they are frauds? All Thomas Kinkade authorized products are made in the USA.

Most importantly, any purchases from an unauthorized Kinkade gallery will not receive any of the support, service, or ad-ons we give to our customers (see "why purchase from us" answers above). 

As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for and if you think the price is too good to be true, it probably is. So if you're going to invest in Thomas Kinkade artwork, do it right and buy from a Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery who you trust. If you want the best service and value, buy it from us! To verify if a gallery is in fact, legitimate, call the Thomas Kinkade Company direct at 800-366-3733 (choose extension 3 to talk to a customer care representative).
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Does Thomas Kinkade Limited Edition artwork really appreciate after they sell out?

All of Thomas Kinkade's sold out limited edition canvas artworks have a history of appreciating over time. For example, Kinkade's Snow White Disney limited edition canvas sold out in just six months and in just 2 years, it tripled in value. After Thom's passing, this painting has increased more than five times the original price. In fact, we called and/or emailed our Snow White customers and offered to buy back their paintings at twice the price they paid for it. Thomas Kinkade's Pinocchio, Peter Pan and Cinderella paintings have also doubled in price just 6 months after they sold out. However, we still recommend that collectors primarily purchase a Thomas Kinkade painting for your personal enjoyment.

You should acquire the painting for its beauty and because you love it. There are not too many things you can acquire for $1,000, enjoy and share with your family and friends for a lifetime, and then pass on to your children and grandchildren.

We offer a very unique free service to our patrons. When you purchase artwork from the Shropshire Gallery we will annually evaluate your pieces FREE for as long as you own your artwork.
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What are your Shipping Policies?

We have a special contract shipping rate with FedEx to help you save on the cost of shipping. FedEx transports all of our artwork with excellent service and the knowledge of how to properly handle the product.

 

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What is the best lighting to use to capture the effects in Thomas Kinkade's artwork?

Thomas Kinkade spent a lot of time adding color and detail to his artwork which made his paintings so radiant. It is the amount of color, thin layers of paint, and his patience in applying the color which allows the painting to capture the light so brilliantly and is why Thom is known as "The Painter of Light™."

The natural light in your home will create the subtle changes in your painting throughout the day as the light changes in your home. We use a special lighting system in our gallery to demonstrate how light affects the image. Our customers can enjoy the same experience at home that they enjoyed in our gallery very easily. Any halogen spot light usually does the trick. Depending on the size of the painting, two or more spot lights will increase the effect. 60 or 75 watt Par 30 or Par 38 lights work well, but just about any spotlight will work.

Probably the most important thing to consider is that the spotlights should be narrow quartz spotlights, available at Home Depot or Walmart, and should be not more than 36" away from the artwork. Artwork should be hung 60" to center from the floor to eliminate glare and light reflection. For your convenience we have  30" pictureeasel  lights, which can mount to the back of the frame.
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What is a Master Highlighter Event?

Each limited edition canvas is hand-highlighted by a specially trained professional artist or it was highlighted by Thomas Kinkade himself prior to the painting being shipped to the gallery. Pieces which are hand highlighted by a Master Highlighter cost significantly less than one highlighted by Thomas Kinkade (Studio Proof and Master Editions). To add to the experience of buying the artwork, our galleries host  Master Highlighting events throughout the year.  These events consist of a Master Highlighter visiting our galleries and enhancing our customers' paintings by adding additional oil brushstrokes and texture while our customers watch!

Master Highlighter events give the collector the chance to interact with the Highlighter while their image is enhanced in front of them. Those who have their painting highlighted gain an even greater connection to their piece from the way the painting comes alive through the enhancements.

We are very particular and we personally select the artist that will touch your artwork. The Master Highlighter that visits our gallery worked directly with Thom for over 19 years and is one of the only sources of details and information that were shared directly with him by Thom..   Our  Master Highlighter is literally a walking encyclopedia of Thom's artwork, and he loves to share this knowledge with collectors enabling them to understand the details and background surrounding their painting(s). The Master Highlighter is limited to how many paintings he can highlight at these events. All Highlighting opportunities are reserved in advance and always completely booked.  Only two percent of Thom's limited edition canvas pieces have this extra highlighting added. For details and Highlighting reservations please call Kevin at (508) 344-0133..

 

What is a Patrick Kinkade Event?

Patrick Kinkade (Thom's only brother) grew up with Thom and they had an extremely close relationship. Pat will sometimes travel to Thomas Kinkade galleries of his choice, meet with collectors, and share stories of growing up with Thom. Like Thom, Pat is also a painter and he is considered the next best thing to Thomas Kinkade himself especially since he is now the face of the company.

 

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Who is Zac Kinkade?

Zachary Thomas Kinkade, Thomas Kinkade’s nephew, was born in 1992 and has been passionate about art his entire life. Beginning when he was 11, Zachary began entering and winning national and regional art competitions and shows. During this time, Zac began working with his “Uncle Thom” and eventually attended and graduated with honors from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Zac now attends the internationally renowned Art Center School of Design and is a resident artist in the Thomas Kinkade Studios.


“I have no greater joy in life than sharing hope, comfort, faith and happiness. I do this through my paints and brushes putting light to canvas. I would also do it by sharing my vison with those who would learn, those who will follow.”  -Thomas Kinkade, 2005

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What symbols can we find in Kinkade's art?

Thomas often paid tribute to his family in his paintings by incorporating their images or initials into his work. In 1990, he began the tradition of hiding the letter "N" in his paintings in honor of his wife of 25 years, Nanette.

In the lower corner of his paintings is a number referring to the number of times the letter "N"appears in the painting. In many of his paintings, Thom includes symbolization such as four ducks representing his four daughters. Many of his paintings include Thom and his family, whether they're in a rowboat, hailing a cab, walking along a path, or Thom riding his vintage motorcycle. In Thom's Disney pieces, he hides Mickey Mouse ears. Thom has also done tributes to his mother by putting assorted hearts in his paintings.
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What charity work does Thomas Kinkade support?

Thomas Kinkade was extremely generous by not only donating but also by raising funds for various non-profit organizations focusing on children and humanitarian relief, such as: The Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Vision, Art for Children Charities, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Denver's Alzheimer's Association, the Tim Tebow Foundation and 25 volunteer national network centers. In addition, Thomas Kinkade would only visit galleries for events with the agreement that there would be an auction for charity.

He often donated works which raised millions for charities such as the donation of his 2001 Light of Freedom painting. This image helped raise over $2 million to help the families affected by the 9/11 tragedy. In 2006, Thomas raised over $600,000 for those affected by the hurricane Katrina disaster on the gulf coast. The Thomas Kinkade Company and its galleries are also strong supporters of "Victory Junction Gang Camp" which provides life changing camping experiences for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.
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Why does Thomas Kinkade release different Limited Editions instead of just keeping it simple by offering one or two editions?

Thomas Kinkade believes that people of all economic classes should be allowed to obtain his work. The different canvas editions allow collectors to spend as little as under $1000 to $40,000+ on a Limited Edition piece, depending on the size and how close they wish to get to an original canvas. This allows collectors to choose their price range based on what they can afford, rather than just having one set price point to acquire Thom's art.
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What is a Standard Number (S/N) Edition?

Most affordable limited edition with the highest number of editions released. Hand highlighted by a trained apprentice at the Thomas Kinkade workshop in Morgan Hill, California. Available through any authorized Thomas Kinkade Gallery. Framed Price ranges from $699 (12x16), $995 (18x27), $1680 (24x36), and $2250 (28x42).
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What is an Artist Proof (A/P) Edition?

Canvas is identical to the Standard Numbered (including hand highlighting). However, only 20% of the S/N release number are released as an Artist Proof, causing the artist proof to sell out quicker and be considered more of a collectible. For example, if 1000 Standard Number pieces were released, only 200 were released in the Artist Proof. The Artist Proof runs about $165 more than the Standard Numbered (S/N) piece regardless to the size of the canvas. Framed Price ranges from $910 (12x16), $1160 (18x27), $1840 (24x36), and $2410 (28x42).
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What is a Gallery Proof (G/P) Edition?

Canvas is identical to the Standard Numbered (including hand highlighting). Only 35% of the S/N release number are released as a Gallery Proof. Therefore, if 1000 Standard Numbered pieces were released, only 35% or 350 editions of the Gallery Proof will be released. The Gallery Proof is the same price as the artist proof.

So why do collectors purchase a G/P over an A/P if they cost the same? The Gallery Proof is typically viewed as more of a collectible piece since it is only sold through Thomas Kinkade Signature Galleries. Therefore, it is not as widely available as the others. Most importantly however, each Gallery Proof painting is assigned its own foil stamp symbol which is located on the front of the canvas above Thom's signature and is about the size of a dime.

The foil stamp, chosen by Thom, symbolizes the piece or is an item shown in the painting itself. For example, the foil stamp depicted on the Spirit of New York is an apple representing New York's nickname, "the big apple." Gallery Proof editions are the only editions with a unique foil stamp on them and often sell out the quickest.
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What is a Publishers Proof (P/P) Edition?

Canvas is identical to the Standard Numbered (including hand highlighting). Only 18% of the S/N release number are released as a Publisher Proof. Like the Gallery Proof, the Publisher Proof may only be purchased from a Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery, making the Publisher Proof more of a collectible. Therefore, if 1000 Standard Numbered pieces were released, only 18% or 180 editions of the Publisher Proof will be released. A Publisher Proof typically costs about $210 more than a Standard Number (S/N) Edition.
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What is a Renaissance Edition (RE)?

Since Thom's passing in April 2012, Renaissance Editions are no longer produced and are extremely hard to find. These are some of the most substantial appreciatiing work of art by Thom. The Shropshire GAllery has and extensive selection of these editions and nearly all have been persoanlly signed by Thom. A Renaissance Editionhas a much stronger resemblance to Thom's original painting since it is heavily highlighted and worked on meticulously by a master highlighter who uses a much more detailed and textured brushstroke process with a transparent acrylic base "glazing process" as Thomas Kinkade called it.  When the Renaissance painting was completed, Thomas Kinkade would personally inspect it and then autograph the front of the canvas when he approved of the piece.  The only Thomas Kinkade paintings which are personally hand signed on the front by Thomas Kinkade are the Renaissance Editions, Studio Proofs, Master Editions and Thom's originals.

The glazing is a strong contributing factor to the illuminating effect which Thom's paintings are known for. A Renaissance not only looks more detailed with more texture and depth added by the glazing, but the colors and details of the painting essentially "pop" more than the S/N, A/P, and G/P editions. After the glazing process is applied, it is then heavily highlighted (about three to five times more than editions lower than a Renaissance).

 

A special silkscreen watermark symbol is also applied to the back side of the canvas. Renaissance Editions are only sold in Signature Galleries and only 8% of the S/N release number are released as a Renaissance Edition. Therefore if 1000 Standard Numbered pieces were released, there would be only 80 Renaissance releases. . Due to Thom's passing in April 2012, Renaissance Editions can no longer be made since Thom can no longer sign them. As a result, Renaissance Editions are extremely rare and are sometimes unavailable to us. Therefore, we may not  be able to fulfill all Renaissance orders made on the website. If this is the case, we will notify you within 7 business days and refund you 100% of your purchase.
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What is a Studio Proof (S/P) Edition?

Due to Thom's passing in April 2012, Studio Proofs can no longer be made since Thom can no longer work on them. As a result, Studio Proofs are extremely rare and have jumped up considerably in price. The same process (including the glazing) applied to a Renaissance Edition is used for the Studio Proof. However, after the glazing has dried, Thomas Kinkade then personally embellished/highlighted the piece. Whereas on a Renaissance Edition, a Master Highlighter does all the highlights, in a Studio Proof, Thomas Kinkade actually added paint to the canvas. In addition, he hand-signed the front of the canvas in liquid gold ink.

 Only 4% of the S/N release number are released as a Studio Proof. Therefore, if 1000 Standard Numbered pieces were released, there would only be 40 Studio Proofs released. So the big deal with a Studio Proof is that Thomas Kinkade himself actually applied the oils himself to your canvas and signed the front. Since Studio Proofs are so special, Thomas Kinkade never highlighted a canvas at special events but rather reserved this for work in his studio and it was only applied to a Studio Proof or Master Edition.
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What is an Estate Edition (E/E)?

The Estate Edition is a special reserved edition created with a textured brushstroke process. This edition was created after Thomas Kinkade passed away because the R/E and S/P were no longer possible to produce. It is finished by a Certified Master Highlighter and a special remarque is applied to the verso side of the canvas. Each Estate Edition is designated by letters EE after the print number and a metallic authorized signature is applied to the front of the canvas. Due to the exclusivity of this piece, all Estate Edition prints are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries and Thomas Kinkade Corporate Galleries.

Estate Edition Features:

  • Small edition size 6% of SN (same as RE)
  • Hand applied gel texturing (same as RE)
  • Additional highlighting by certified Master Highlighters
  • Special silk-screen remarque on the verso side of each EE canvas
  • Special nameplate
  • Special black folder for the Certificate of Authenticity (This folder is currently used for RE and SP)
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What is a Jewell Edition (J/E)?

Jewel Editions have special hand-applied crushed diamonds, crystal and 14 karat gold (looks like Pixie Dust) added to the painting. This is incredible because it adds a magical Disney look and enhances certain features of the painting. Jewel Editions also have about 3 times more added hand highlights, and have an exclusive silkscreen remarque with a signature on the back. They are extremely rare at just 95 releases per size & sell out quickly.  The Jewell Edition is only available in select Thomas Kinkade Disney paintings.
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What is a Master Edition (M/E)? *Available Please contact our galleries if interested in purchasing.

Only ONE Master Edition in the world is released and this is the closest a collector can get to the Original but for a fraction of the price. In a Master Edition, the ENTIRE glazing and highlighting process is done by Thomas Kinkade himself. In other words, no Master Highlighters or anybody else touches a Master Edition but Thomas Kinkade. Thom works the entire painting with oil paint and colors and uses original brush strokes to enhance the painting and glazing process. Thom typically takes over three months to complete a Master Edition. The best way to describe a Master Edition is to say that Thomas Kinkade basically repaints the entire piece himself.

When Thomas Kinkade is finished, he will put his thumb print to the back of the canvas and will hand draw an original sketch on the reverse side of the piece. He will then sign the front of the piece. A Master Edition is only available through Signature Galleries and one is released in the same sizes as the S/N. In other words, if a certain Kinkade title is released in sizes 18x27 and 24x36, there will be ONE M/E of these sizes released as well.
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How can I purchase a Thomas Kinkade Original Painting?

Our galleries sell Thomas Kinkade original releases based on which ones his family is willing to sell. Many of Thom's originals are kept in his home, given to family or friends, or often donated to charity auctions and such. In addition, Thomas Kinkade had many original works which were never published and therefore, you will not find any images of them online. However, our galleries acquire many of these pieces directly from the Kinkade family and by eliminating the middleman, we can offer these originals at incredibly low prices. The price for a Thomas Kinkade original is based on its popularity. For example, Thomas Kinkade's original Disneyland 50th Anniversary has been appraised at over $1 million but this is also an extremely popular pieceIf you are interested in acquiring a Thomas Kinkade original please call Kevin at (508) 344-0133.
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